Barely 48 bours after announcing a shirt Sponsorship deal with Hull City, Southampton Football Club has just confirmed SportPesa as its Official Partner.
Africa’s number one sports betting platform has signed the three-year deal with The Saints ahead of the start of the 2016/17 campaign next month.
SportPesa, who are currently the title sponsor of Kenya’s top-tier football competition, the Kenyan Premier League, also Sponsor the top two clubs in Kenya in terms of the fan base, Gor Mahia FC and AFC Leopards.
Just like the Saints, SportPesa is focused on turning potential into excellence, taking huge strides already in developing grassroots football in Kenya with the aim of the Kenyan national team qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.
The deal will see Saints supporting the development of young football players in Kenya by sending Football Development & Support Staff to the African nation, with young Kenyan players visiting the club’s Staplewood Campus to experience the demands of football development at a Premier League club. Southampton boasts of the best football academy in England, contributing the highest number of players from their system in the England national team.
Sportpesa are committed to supporting the development of the game in Kenya both on and off the pitch and the club will offer advice & mentoring support across a range of business areas to include; stadium operations, marketing, media & business management.
The partnership is another example of how Saints will continue to look at authentic ways to make a difference through sharing the Southampton Way philosophy throughout the world.
“We are delighted to have teamed up with SportPesa in what is by far our biggest partnership in this sector in the club’s history, and one of our largest partnership deals to date,” said Southampton Chief Executive Officer Gareth Rogers.
“This partnership will allow the club to continue to build its partner portfolio for commercial success on an international scale. Our reputation for player development continues to resonate around the world and we look forward to sharing our unique philosophy in Kenya and across Africa,” he concluded.
On his part, Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri said :“We are grounded to our core values that center around grassroots sport and community development. Our vision is for Kenya to participate in 2022 FIFA World Cup and this is a step in that direction. We look forward to welcoming saints Football Development and Support staff to Kenya as well as the opportunity to send our young players to the Club’s Staplewood Campus to learn the demands of football development.”